Psychic Heat, a fresh punk quartet in their early twenties, hails from Lawrence, KS, but their sound evokes a much more West-Coast feel, lending itself to the region’s new psych-punk movement. Their first EP, Lighter and Brighter, dropped in 2015 to moderate success and positive reviews, with critics dubbing them “psychadelic garage punk” and “ADHD rock.”
Due May 27th via High Dive Records, the band’s sophomore album, Sunshower, showcases a fusion of their influences (The Zombies, Thee Oh Sees, Deerhunter, Deerhoof, Ty Segall and JAMC) into something new, blending together the pop sounds of psych past with the more immediate garage-punk fuzz of modern psych. Recorded entirely in an old high school gymnasium owned by Ron Miller (Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds), who engineered the album, the album’s ambient sound lends itself to the large, echoey space in which it was recorded. Kliph Scurlock (previously of the Flaming Lips) mixed and mastered the tracks. Orbiting between their own conception of stoner pop and retro groove, Psychic Heat develops a style all their own.
“It’s a lot of fun recording in a unique studio,” says the band. “The album was recorded on a Tascam 388 which has been used for some really stellar records previously to us, like Kid Congo, The Mouthbreathers, Up the Academy… just great stuff.”
Listen to Sunshower below.